Why You Need a Police Accident Report

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If you have ever been involved in a car accident, you know that there are many details that have to be taken care of and documents/evidence to be gathered. One document you need a copy of is the police accident report. Written by the investigating officer, this report includes the officer’s observations and notes. In addition, the officer is able to give their opinions as to the fault, which can make it an important document should you decide to pursue a personal injury claim.

Information in a Police Accident Report

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Investigating officer documenting the scene for police car accident report.

The accident or police report (also known as a crash report) provides a written summary regarding your car accident. It contains facts related to the accident as well as opinions of the investigating officer, who inspects the vehicles involved in the accident, talks with those involved as well as witnesses, measures distances, and takes photographs, and more. The reports themselves include information such as:

  • Date and time of accident
  • Location of accident
  • Weather/roadway/visibility conditions
  • Names and contact information of all parties involved (drivers, passengers and witnesses) plus insurance information
  • Makes and models of all vehicles involved
  • Witness statements if possible
  • A breakdown of the accident
  • Damage to the vehicles involved
  • Injuries involved
  • Diagram of the accident
  • Photographs of the scene

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Filing and Obtaining a Police Accident Report

You must report a car accident if the accident:

  • Results in property damage of $500 or more
  • Causes an injury or fatality
  • Involves an uninsured driver

You can request a report in person, through the mail or online. Official reports must be requested in writing; however, if you are pursuing a personal injury claim, your attorney can take care of getting the report for you.


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Have you been seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident in which you suffered serious injuries? Call Nash & Franciskato at (877) 284-6600. We have a successful track record helping accident victims collect the compensation they deserve. One of our experienced staff will speak with you personally and will provide you with a free, no-obligation review of your case.



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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published April 16, 2021. It was reviewed on July 5, 2023 and updated for content and accuracy.

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